EARLY AUTUMN CULTURE.
- This month can still be hot and dry, and attention to proper watering will still be required.
Remember that plants in smaller containers will require more frequent watering then those in larger pots. The misting
of the undersides of the leaves daily can be beneficial, not only cooling and providing additional humidity to
the plants, but also in helping reduce the opportunity for red
spider mite becoming established.
- The continued application of fertiliser is beneficial, as cymbidiums are
gross feeders, responding to high applications. With bark mixes, maintain good nitrogen applications, although
some ;increase on potash is recommended at this time of the year to encourage maturity and flowering. The application
of epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) at the rate of 1 teaspoon per 5 litres of water should now be given.
- Some spraying for red spider and spider mite may still be required. Once the buds emerge from the flower
sheath, take additional care with the strengths and types of preparations used, as damage to the developing flowers
can occur. The ;use of powder materials can be the best.
- It is wise to separate plants showing spikes from the others, in order that the flowering plants can
be given just a little bit of extra attention. Spike managemeut
is more fully detailed on this page, click on the link.
- Towards the end of the month the amount of shading provided can be gradually reduced, as the plants
will appreciate stronger light at this time of the year. Do not go from heavy shade to bright light, however, otherwise
burning of the foliage can occur.
- Towards the end of the month any urgent repotting can be attended to. Root growth
will still be strong enough to ensure the re-establishment of the plant before winter.
- Some of the early clones will have well developed spikes. Other later varieties will just be developing. Some
plants will show spikes and growths at this stage. In the earlier stages, the spikes are rounded and fatter, often
darker coloured, whereas leaf growths are pointed. See page on spikes
or growths. t can be an exciting time searching for spikes and anticipating their final glory. If a plant
expected to flower shows no activity put it in a situation where it receives bright light and cease watering for
3 to 4 weeks. This treatment can sometimes encourage a reluctant plant to burst into flowering activity.
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